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Fruity
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:08:58 AM

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This teacher says that "Yes! I need a breather!" sounds more natural as a response to "The negotiation today is really tough!" than "Yes! I need to rest!" does. Could you tell me why?

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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 7:13:55 AM

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Fruity wrote:
Could you tell me why?

Some like it hot.
taurine
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 8:53:26 AM

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Fruity wrote:

Could you tell me why?




Believe it or, not.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:22:46 AM

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Hi Fruity.

The phrase just a little more 'casual' and informal.

In my opinion, it is the original statement which sounds too formal for a conversation.

I would probably say something like "The meeting's tough today". "Negotiation" is a five-syllable word - they're not that common.

'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.


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Ashwin Joshi
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:22:54 AM

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Because the teacher felt breathlessness.

Me Gathering Pebbles at the Beach..-Aj
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 11:52:31 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.

http://www.thefreedictionary.com/breather

Quote:
breather (brē′thər)
n.
2. Informal A short rest period: took a breather after skiing for two hours.
3. Informal An activity, such as strenuous exercise, that causes difficult breathing.


How do I guess which of the two she needs?
Fruity
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 12:24:09 PM

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Thanks a lot for your reply, Drag!


♥ Get into the habit of considering the feelings of others before you react to circumstances around you. ♥
Romany
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:48:04 PM
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Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1,

From the context. She has been sitting round a table, negotiating a tough deal.

(However that said, I've never actually come across No.3 in which 'a breather' refers to a cardio-vascular activity!}
thar
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 2:58:34 PM

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The reason you haven't heard 3 is that it makes no sense!

You would stop doing a breather to have a breather. d'oh!

(I have never heard it either. My suspicion is someone once misunderstood what they read or heard, and started completely misusing it!)
Wilmar (USA)
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 3:03:06 PM

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In these parts, you would probably take a short break, not a breather, and not a rest.
Харбин Хэйлунцзян 1
Posted: Saturday, March 18, 2017 3:05:44 PM

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Romany wrote:
I've never actually come across No.3 in which 'a breather' refers to a cardio-vascular activity!}

Thanks to you and thar for helping me with this.
leonAzul
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 7:03:20 AM

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Drag0nspeaker wrote:
Hi Fruity.

The phrase just a little more 'casual' and informal.

In my opinion, it is the original statement which sounds too formal for a conversation.

I would probably say something like "The meeting's tough today". "Negotiation" is a five-syllable word - they're not that common.

'Rest' or 'breather' - I wouldn't say either of them was out-of-place there. They both sound fine to me.


But does she have a lovely pair of lungs?

Sorry, I went there

Whistle

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Hope123
Posted: Sunday, March 19, 2017 11:33:47 AM

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You're bad, Leon. Whistle

Like Wilmar, I always say, "I need a break". And these days it seems to be more often than it it used to be. Anxious

Sometimes the longest way around is the shortest way home. Anon
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